Togo constitutional court confirms Gnassingbe election as president Elana Kornblit at 2:18 PM ET
[JURIST] Togo's constitutional court Tuesday confirmed ruling party candidate Faure Gnassingbe [campaign website in French] as the official winner of the disputed April 24 presidential election. According to the court, Gnassingbe won by 60.15 percent of the vote. The constitutional court said that the opposition's candidate Bob Akitani [opposition UFC website in French] took 38.25 percent of the vote. The court complex was heavily secured for the announcement, with trucks carrying machine guns outside, for fear that the official presidential results would spark new rioting [JURIST report] such as occured after Togo's election commission announced preliminary results last week. Reuters has more.
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